Great news, cantankerous Cory Robinson is going to be back with a brand-new review (first of several). This time Cory takes a look at the cult classic anthology TV series, Amazing Stories!
Since 2017 is just around the corner I along with many people are contemplating New Years Resolutions in order to lose weight or stop bad habits, but I on the other hand have decided to do something different. I haven’t done a review on Comics X-aminer in years since I rotted my brain on bad Turkish superhero movie but I decided to get back into the swing of things by reviewing a show episode by episode. The crew at Comics X-Aminer and I have been communicating back and forth for weeks on what show to do and we came to the conclusion that an anthology show would be the best course because as good as an anthology show is, there is a significant margin of good to bad episodes. It took me awhile to decide on which show to do until I realized which one was my favorite, you would think maybe Twilight Zone or Tales From The Crypt, but my favorite one to watch reruns on Sci-Fi and Fox Family back in the day was none other than……………….
That’s right, Amazing Stories as a kid I had no idea this show existed until marathons of the show started popping up once a week late at night on random channels and if you are not familiar with the fantastic concept that is Amazing Stories, let me ramble.
In 1985 Steven Spielberg (yes that Steven Spielberg) wanted to create an anthology show based off on one of his favorite childhood magazines which is so happened to be called…….(wait for it)…….Amazing Stories. It was a monthly pulp science fiction magazine that started in 1926 and changed to bi-monthly around 1965 which continued publication until 1995 in which it was only published sporadically until 2014. Many of the top science fiction writers of the day wrote short stories for this magazine and many issues today are considered collectors’ items which is due to the many lovers of the Science Fiction genre. Included in this list was Spielberg who after finishing The Color Purple along with completing such hits as: Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, it is sufficed to say that he had the keys to the kingdom.
Spielberg pitched the show to NBC who picked the show up for two seasons and spent quite a bit of money promoting the show while getting some top name talent to help with the show. Spielberg even helped develop the show with show runners Joshua Brand and John Falsey (who just came off of St. Elsewhere and later both created Northern Exposure) while even directing a couple of episodes. While the show had a lot of hype it also felt like a no-lose scenario but unfortunately after the two season contract NBC canceled the show due to poor ratings.
Why you may ask? Well, the show was very hit and miss which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. Even when an episode is bad, you can tell a lot of effort was put into every episode (well most episodes, I’m looking at you Hell Toupee) so even the bad ones are mostly enjoyable and when an episode is good, you feel that it is a incredibly done story.
So this year, starting with every Sunday, you will see a new review of an Amazing Stories episode until I can get through both seasons. There’s going to be some good episodes and by god there is going to be some bad ones but stick with me and my terrible sentence structure as we both get through this while hoping that 2017 is going to be a good year. And if you wanted to watch the show along with me, you can buy the show on DVD on Amazon and talk about your opinions in the comments section below. If you could though, give us your thoughts on your favorite and least favorite Amazing Stories episodes along with your opinion on the show overall.
Come back on January 1st for the first episode Ghost Train directed by Steven Spielberg himself, to star the kickoff of this AMAZING year. (Yeah I know that was bad but I’m running out of material and I got a lot of 80s to get though on this show.)